The '''Peabody Essex Museum''' in Salem, Massachusetts
, is considered one of the oldest continuously operating museums in the United States
. It is a successor to the East India Marine Society
, established in 1799.
[[http://www.pem.org/about/museum_history PEM website]. "Museum history." Retrieved 2011-02-16]
It combines the collections of the former Peabody Museum of Salem
(which acquired the Society's collection) and the Essex Institute
[''The manual of museum exhibitions'' by Gail Dexter Lord (Rowman Altamira, 2002) http://books.google.com/books?id=dTKb1kk88McC&source=gbs_navlinks_s] [[http://pem.org/museum/new_museum.php ] ]
The museum holds one of the major collections of Asian art
in the US. Its total holdings include about 1.3 million pieces, as well as twenty-two historic buildings.
[[http://books.google.com/books?id=ASh5AAAAMAAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s Peabody Essex Museum... ]